According to reports, Liquid Telecom is partnering with a South African empowerment investment group called Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH). RBH has committed to take a 30% stake in Neotel.
Following a lapsed deal between Tata Communications and Vodacom South Africa for the Neotel sale, Liquid Telecom was shortlisted as one of the suitors along with subsea cable operator Seacom.
The Liquid Telecom/Neotel deal is still expected to meet regulatory approval and is expected to create the largest pan-African broadband network and B2B telecoms provider.
While opening up Neotel clients to Liquid Telecom’s 24,000km fibre network, the acquisition also gives Liquid Telecom a wider presence in the South African market.